Allied Printing to Support Growth with New KBA Rapida 106 Eight-Color PressSeptember 26, 2012
“Even during this challenging environment, Allied continues to grow aggressively by adding new customers and more employees,” says John Sommers Jr, president of Allied Printing Services, which operates out of a 285,000-sq.ft. facility. “We believe strongly in consistently reinvesting in our company and maintaining the most up-to-date equipment on our floor.
“We felt that the new KBA Rapida 106 gave us the automation and productivity to continue our healthy growth and further enhance our product offerings and capabilities. We’re not replacing an older press; we’re adding capacity with the addition of this new press,” Sommers adds.
He also noted additional key reasons that his firm chose the new KBA press. These include the ability to print on a wide range of substrates, from 40-lb text to 48-pt. board; inline automated systems, such as color control, automatic register and auto plate changing; and the direct pro-environmental impact that the press will make.
“Having the ability to run a wide spectrum of substrates was critical for us,” says Sommers. “On a typical day at Allied, we can be printing financial work on lightweight offset and then need to quickly changeover to point-of-purchase and packaging work on thick board. Our new Rapida 106 will allow us to do so with ease.
“Another one of our main differentiators from our competitors is our ability to deliver fast turnarounds. Our customers’ time-lines are shrinking and we don’t shy away from fire drills. Having the unique KBA automation on our new press is crucial, especially the inline color control and auto-register.
“In 2008, we bought three sheetfed presses from a different press manufacturer with offline color control,” continues the company president. “We’ve made the decision that having a press with the inline color control process is a big advantage. Also new on our KBA press is the ability to quickly change our anilox rollers. What was previously a very tedious process will now be automated on our KBA press. This will significantly reduce our material costs, labor, and time when changing rollers for textured reticulation projects.”